Foxdale, North Road, Bathwick, Bath
The use of a naturally weathering timber cladding which would fade to a more sympathetic and recessive colour against the area’s predominant material palette of Bath stone is preferred.
We maintain that the suitability of PV and solar panels cannot be considered properly without further details about the scale, appearance, and finish of the proposed panels due to the amount of variety seen in different panel specifications. We emphasise our preference for ‘frameless’ panels with a matt black finish to minimise reflectivity and possible brightness of appearance and blend in as best as possible with the existing roof covering. Panels should sit as flush with the existing roof slope as practicable to prevent a visible ‘increase’ in roof ridge height. Considering the property’s elevated position on North Road with views maintained out to the south, there is potential that the building features in wider landscape and townscape views, in which the use of a suitably subdued and non-reflective panel design would better mitigate potential visual impact.